The Gargantuan Logical Increments Redesign Update

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So many shiny new things!

After over a year of development, our main site and chart just received a major makeover—with new features, new capabilities, and a new look (while maintaining all of the old functionality).

NOTE: See something broken or missing? If you are reading this immediately after it went up, then you might encounter some broken or missing elements on the site for a short period of time. We’re trying to get all of these issues fixed as fast as possible. In the meantime, if you need to see something that is temporarily unavailable, you can head over to old.logicalincrements.com to access the old version of the site for the time being.

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Our Picks from Newegg’s Black Friday Week Deals 2019

Newegg’s 2019 Black Friday Week sales! These are Logical Increments’ picks for the best Black Friday Week 2019 deals from Newegg.

Alright! You’ve waited all year for the Black Friday sales, because Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the best times to get the best deals on PC hardware. What does 2019 bring? Let’s take a look!

Please note: Some of the best deals are dependent on rebates. Such rebates are reliable, but only if you follow the instructions exactly and submit everything on time, so better be careful!

Also check out our list of the best (on the day) Newegg Black Friday deals.

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Table of Contents for Newegg’s Week-long Black Friday Deals:

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The GTX 1650 Super Launch

nVidia’s Turing architecture has been fantastic, with almost every card in the 16xx and 20xx range being recommended on our charts. The cards perform well and are power-efficient, so you typically get a card that hits all the main points: high performance, lower power draw, low temperatures, and low noise. Pricing is an issue for the flagship cards (2080 and 2080 Ti) where lack of competition lets nVidia showcase its pricing creativity with $1200 cards. Oil tycoons buy graphics cards too, you know! But for all the other Turing cards, the prices are fine at launch. Well, almost all.

The sole Turing card that was a thoroughly bad launch was the GTX 1650, which was weak and quite overpriced. Even today, half a year after its launch, it remains overpriced at $150, easily beaten by cheaper ~$120 cards. Today, nVidia is updating the lineup with the GTX 1650 Super, for $160.

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Intel Xe Graphics Cards: Rumors, Specs, Pricing, Release Date

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It’s been over two decades since Intel released a discrete graphics card (the last was the disappointing Intel740, which hit the market back in 1998). That is set to change in 2020, when Intel intends to release its new discrete GPU, the Intel Xe.

Intel is being characteristically tight-lipped about what we can expect with their new cards, but if the Xe (pronounced “ex-ee”) proves to be a reliable alternative to Nvidia or AMD cards, PC builders might soon have more options at their disposal.

This article will tell you what we know about Intel Xe so far.

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A Guide to Buying the Best Chair for PC Gaming

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An often-overlooked part of a PC gaming setup is what gaming chair to buy. Most modern “gaming” chairs are more form that function, lined with bright colors and shaped like race car bucket seats. But the truth is that you might not need one of those “gaming” chairs. In fact, you’re usually better off buying a quality office chair.

For most PC builders, getting the right chair is easy to forget, but think about it: you’ve spent hours pouring over component comparisons and recommended build guides, but rarely is that same attention placed on where you’ll be sitting. A good chair can often outlast those PC components, so you should give it some thought.

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Budget Showdown: R3 3200G & GTX 1650 Self-built PC vs. Upgraded Prebuilt PC from eBay

Up until a few years ago, the value king for gaming was the Intel i5 processor. More recently, AMD’s Ryzen APUs have stolen the show at the low tiers, and we all know that no integrated graphics from Intel can currently compete with AMD’s Vega 8 and Vega 11 iGPUs. So it’s a no-brainer for gaming builders at very low budgets (who are entirely skipping graphics cards) to go with Ryzen APUs.

But outside of such head-to-head CPU comparisons, a broader value question remains for upper-low-tier (and lower-mid-tier) builders: how would a self-built system balanced around AMD’s newest R3 (including a discrete graphics card) compare to a highly discounted prebuilt system with a few key upgrades?

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